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Central Crack* HS 4b

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[Having fun on Central Crack...., 2 kb]10m. The well-scoured and kinked crack is an archetypal grit trip - get thrashing. © ROCKFAX
pre 1894

Ticklists: Connoisseur's Classic Rock, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs.

Photo: Having fun on Central Crack.... © Tithe Technique
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This climb is in 254 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

LanceSolf - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/14 with Will Roberts

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Jul/14

Andrew23 - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Mikey Walker, Emma Bush

EmmaRoseT - 2nd - 21/Jul/14 with Andrew Tomlinson

Harry William Brook - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/14 with Owen

mol - 2nd - 29/Jun/14 with Jesse

Pumpy, lovely cracks and superb jamming
Cyriaque - 2nd O/S - 15/May/14

pjames87 - Lead O/S - May/14

SafeNath - 2nd RP - 27/Apr/14 with ao

ruairidhwad - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/14 with Burnes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/14

Tithe Technique - 2nd O/S - 23/Mar/14 with Angela Paul, Charley Fell

Oh my goodness!!! Great fun and really worthwhile if you do it in the intended traditional style all the way up instead of climbing the faces as I saw some people doing. For the correct route check out the Yorkshire Grit guide as the Rockfax one doesn't tell you much at all (but follow the line on the topo and all will be well)- it's like being born all over again at the top. If you haven't thrutched and udged your way up and out and damn near given yourself a hernia then you probably haven't done the route :D Because of the polish at the start I'd definitely give this at least hard HS and probably lean towards VS as unless you have some big cams the start is unprotected.
valentinesbabe - 2nd O/S - 23/Mar/14 with Charley Fell, Kevin Tithe

Fantastic, 3 stars experience - loved it all the way up. The start is quite polished and the gear isn't great but once you're in you can wack a chicken wing in. Was quite a tight squeeze at the top but got through in the end.
charley - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/14 with Ange, Kev

Great fun - bit of a battle with the offwidth start and then it took a while to figure out how to come out from under the roofy bit, but otherwise great.
alexm198 - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/13 with Kieran Hogan, Eva Herbst, Tommy Ogden

Difficulty getting into initial crack.
K Mckay - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/13 with Katie Farrell

Struggled
K Farrell - 2nd - 05/Oct/13 with Katie McKay

Hidden - Lead - 05/Oct/13

ianjfsutcliffe - Solo rpt - 12/Sep/13

smithjmw46 - Solo - 16/Aug/13

tommytwotone - Solo - 10/Aug/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Aug/13

Matt Smyth - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/13 with firthy1234

Awkward and highly polished.
Richard Alderton - 2nd dog - 24/Jul/13 with Liam

Dervey - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/13 with Rich

coulson84 - Lead - 08/Jul/13 with Cyriaque Lajoine

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/13

LJC - 2nd - 10/Jun/13 with Theo

theocelano - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/13 with luca

blackreaver - 2nd O/S - 17/Mar/13 with Owen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/13

David_Gledson - Solo rpt - 15/Nov/12

Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 11/Nov/12

coulson84 - Lead O/S - 08/Nov/12 with Simon Weeds

excellent fun wriggling along the top break
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Freshers

Mr Fuller - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/12 with Sam Houlkner

Hidden - Solo O/S - 14/Oct/12

yorkshiresherpa - Solo O/S - 09/Oct/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/12

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd - 28/Aug/12 with loundsy

Crowley6969 - 2nd dog - 22/Aug/12 with callum wadsworth

Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/12 with Russ, Phillip Wadsworth

petekeron - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/12 with Chris Wright

pebbles - Lead rpt - 07/Jul/12 with rob

aJmes1 - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/12 with Paul Gibbison

ayoungblakelock - Sent O/S - 19/Jun/12

1poundSOCKS - 2nd - 04/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12

spragglerocks - 2nd rpt - 29/May/12

alias dave - 2nd O/S - 06/May/12 with Sam.EB

Sam Simpson - Lead O/S - 06/May/12 with Christian Turford

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/12

ecromwell - Lead - 11/Mar/12 with Ben Barnard

Daniels735 - 2nd O/S - 17/Jan/12 with Chris Waters

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - 2012

akhughes - 2012

ERH - Solo - 2012

dainbramaged999 - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/11 with Joshh Forber

funsized - Solo O/S - 30/Oct/11

downclimb.
jacobjlloyd - Solo O/S - 30/Oct/11

David Cowley - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/11 with Malcolm Watson

Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/11

Terrifying thrutch!
mattwilk - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/11 with Dave Falcus

Hidden - Lead dnf - 20/Aug/11

andysroom - 2nd rpt - 24/Jul/11 with Lizzie

spragglerocks - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/11 with Steve M

SteveM - Lead - 11/Jul/11 with Rachael

wayne higgins leeds uk - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Jul/11

chris.mcmorris - TR - 02/Jul/11

Hidden - Solo rpt - 29/Jun/11

mrplastique - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/11 with helixmh

smithjmw46 - Lead β - 02/May/11 with Tim Dixon

Peter Holder - Lead - 18/Apr/11 with paul Blurton

pblurton - 2nd - 18/Apr/11 with Peter Holder

David_Gledson - 2nd - 07/Apr/11 with Rich Timms

timmsy - Lead - 07/Apr/11 with David_Gledson

Hidden - Solo - 27/Mar/11

robblowen - 2nd β - 23/Mar/11 with Munch

munch88 - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/11 with rob

succa89 - 2nd O/S - 23/Mar/11 with Mark Smith

Palindrome - 2nd - Mar/11

David Kay - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11

interesting body jamming at the start! great route! with the added interest of 60mph winds.
Sam Marks - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/11

Andy Graham - Lead O/S - Feb/11 with Emily Harriss

Unexpectedly pleasant and delicate (the way I did it anyway - I like to avoid thrutching on solo...)
PeteH - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/11

PAJames - 2011

wahniel - Lead O/S - 2011 with Hugh Squire, Stewart McConnell

danny33 - Solo - 2011

odox - Solo - 21/Nov/10

Mr. K - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10 with James Oswald

James Oswald - 2nd O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Kyle Wood

APRS - Lead - 25/Sep/10 with Rozzy Pedder

Haighy - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/10

Thrutchtastic!
phleppy - Lead - 09/Sep/10

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Aug/10

jshields - Lead - 22/Aug/10 with Jonathan Harrison

Matthew Robinson - Lead - Aug/10

Polished start takes a few different approaches until you find the right one.
J25 - Lead - 03/Jun/10 with Vicky Jennings

Very polished. Easier to climb not using the obvious holds. Needed to work out a short person method off the ground, figured it eventually. Ther reast pretty easy
vix - 2nd RP - 03/Jun/10 with Jonny

rtatham - Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd - 28/May/10

richie88 - Lead O/S - 28/May/10

Hidden - Solo - 25/May/10

Rowansb - Solo O/S - 09/May/10 with me

flashed in a rush before getting soaked ... Oh how the heavens opened
stormingspiderman - TR O/S - 25/Apr/10 with daz the hulk walker

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/10

roberto18 - 2nd - 15/Apr/10 with ben finley

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Apr/10

the_keef - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Rob Ford

Hidden - Lead - 10/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/10

tony wood - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/10 with Sarah P, Danny Crump

LiL Saz - 2nd - 03/Apr/10 with Tony Wood

Danny Crump - 2nd O/S - 03/Apr/10 with Sarah Pentelow, Tony Wood

Hidden - Lead - 03/Apr/10

dan gibson - Lead - 03/Apr/10 with michael porter

hailtryfan - 2nd O/S - Apr/10 with AJ Bowley

simon kimber - Solo - Apr/10

al jackson - Lead - Apr/10

vincentchopper - 2nd O/S - 23/Mar/10 with Bojan Sretovic

shouter - Lead - 14/Mar/10

Boj S - Lead O/S - Mar/10

Hidden - 2010

RossG - 2010

freddieneame10 - Solo O/S - 2010

philw - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Nov/09

willworkforfoodjnr - 2nd O/S - 31/Oct/09 with Alex Thompson

Tricky start, Luke backed off.
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/09 with Luke, Dreadlocks Chris

Dave Warburton - Solo O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Huw, Peter, Tom and Ewan

Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Huw, Dave Warburton, Peter Drake

petellis - Lead dnf - 17/Sep/09 with Jim in Seconding Mode

petellis - 2nd rpt - 17/Sep/09 with Jim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/09

mikeyg - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09 with John Baston

Kirk - 2nd - 18/Aug/09 with Skenders

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Aug/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/09

Hidden - TR O/S - 23/Jun/09

Jim
adamwesthead - 2nd O/S - 07/Jun/09 with Zeb

zebster - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/09 with Jim, Adam

unexpectedly tricky
pebbles - Lead - 22/Apr/09 with dave shield

Horrible start scrappy and wriggly, route improved further along
Johnny B Diggerman - TR O/S - 21/Apr/09 with Reese

gonzo_ls9 - Lead O/S - Mar/09 with d

Nicos - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/09 with ryan

Teappleby - Lead - 2009 with dad, max

Mr. K - Lead O/S - 12/Dec/08 with Natalie Wilson, Martin Parmiter

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Dec/08

shouter - Lead - Nov/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/08

kickaha4 - 2nd - 12/Oct/08 with Karl Rowe

Simonj - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/08 with Andy

Rich Clague - TR - Sep/08

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Aug/08

heidavey - Lead rpt - 15/Aug/08 with Susi

kitch22 - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/08 with Paul Pack

heidavey - 2nd rpt - 01/Jul/08 with Susi

red.stiletto - Lead RP - 01/Jul/08 with heidavey

Jack00 - 2nd rpt - 20/May/08 with Olly

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 18/May/08 with Olly & Tim

ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 18/May/08 with Jack

Couldn't get into off width crack, lacking the necessary drive and inclination for what is a horrible off-width crack, surprised I even tried to do it, waste of time.
wanderso - Lead dnf - 08/May/08 with David Anderson, Andrew Green

heidavey - Lead rpt - 05/May/08 with Susi

heidavey - Lead rpt - 06/Apr/08 with Susi

Stuie - 2nd O/S - 12/Feb/08 with Nick Lambert

Easy route apart from a step up near the top, my personal crux.
perfectlynormalbeast - Lead O/S - 10/Feb/08 with JD

heidavey - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/08 with Susi

red.stiletto - 2nd O/S - 09/Feb/08 with heidavey

JdotP - 2nd O/S - 09/Feb/08 with Bjarte Grytli Seim

FrankKeogh - 2nd O/S - 31/Oct/07 with Pete Davies

Will Hunt - 2nd O/S - 28/Oct/07 with Dave Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/07

Lumbering Oaf - Lead β - 13/Oct/07 with Ian Kane

Joe Miller - 2nd O/S - 07/Oct/07 with Phil Wilkinson

Foot jam central
Lumbering Oaf - 2nd β - 22/Sep/07 with Alex Young

Body jam tastic. Loved it
alexyoung - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/07 with Matchbox

panicked a bit and resorted to body jamming just before the top - lol, not exactly trad! ...vertical caving maybe
seanmalone - Solo - 11/Sep/07 with steve

Bit of practice required to gain the flared crack. Inelegant approach to rib. Still, at least I made it this time! (Not sure it was worth it though.)
jacurutu - Lead rpt - 05/Sep/07 with Ed W

Another Yuk - got off the ground and ran out of ideas.
jacurutu - Lead dnf - 17/Aug/07 with Mike B

mje1398 - 2nd O/S - 07/Aug/07 with John M

effectiveape - TR O/S - 06/Aug/07 with Rachel

Will Smith - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/07 with Richard Storrie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/07

dave657 - Solo O/S - 23/Jun/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/07

Eccentric - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/07 with Bunchuk

Also climbed in 1993 wi Art.smith (dad). Chris B. belayed on 10,5,07.
stevo smith - Lead rpt - 10/May/07 with Arthur smith (Dad)

robman - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/07 with stu

andysroom - Lead O/S - Apr/07

joe larner - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/07

nick ferro - 2007

davetigger - 2007

northernneil - 2007

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Oct/06

Harry The Owl - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/06 with Tony Sturgiss

howlingbaboon - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/06 with Rob

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/06

Hidden - Lead - 15/Aug/06

dread-i - Solo O/S - 15/Aug/06

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jul/06

Big hand jamms required
kwickfit - TR O/S - 18/Jul/06 with Spike

clive-greenwood - Solo - Jul/06

Elsier - 2nd - Jun/06 with Ian

Whitt - Lead O/S - Nov/05 with Rob

BALD EAGLE - Lead - 01/May/05 with Richard Williams

mattyork2 - 2nd - Jan/05 with Greg Sexton

rock ape - Lead O/S - 2005 with Ian T

Hidden - Solo - Jun/04

moreno - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/04 with John

Brown - Solo O/S - 11/Oct/03

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 04/Jul/03 with Richard Tomlinson

Matt Rowat - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2003

Smeegan - Lead O/S - Aug/02 with Dale

Mattyk - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/02 with Dom & Sonny

babymoac - 2nd - 29/Jun/02 with Grunt

dougiestein - 2nd - Apr/02

Hidden - Lead - 30/Mar/02

Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 2002 with Rich

hdog76 - 2002

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/01 with Mark Gill

John Brayshaw - 2nd O/S - 24/Sep/00 with Andy Blakely

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Roget - Solo O/S - 26/Oct/99 with jon

jfmchivall - 1998

lots of times with lots of people!
lithos - 1998

Hidden - Solo O/S - 07/Apr/95

rurp - Lead O/S - 1995

rob.grafton - 1995

crater - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/93

Hammy - 2nd - 08/Jun/93 with Pete Smith, Cathy Gregg

PaulHermes - 1991

craig h - Solo O/S - 13/Jun/90

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1990

Jim Walton - Lead O/S - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

Dave Musgrove Jnr - 07/Jan/89 with Dad

Tenko - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/86 with Jez Wardman

Pete Pozman - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/85 with John Byrne

hazeysunshine - Lead O/S - 1984

Pete Ford - Lead - Aug/83

beaumap - Lead - 22/Jun/79 with Will Armitage

Hidden - Solo - 16/Jan/77

Hidden - Lead - 31/Mar/75

mikej - Lead - 23/Mar/72 with Gordon Harris, Stewart Grant

mikej - Solo - 13/May/71

greenbuoy - Solo - 13/May/70

Hidden - Solo - 1969

Dave Musgrove - 17/Jul/66

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
WhipperSnapper, Ginger_Dave, David Wynne, PanzerHanzler, Hidden, Sam_in_Leeds

Voting
Total votes cast 71
hard VS0 of 26
VS1 of 26
easy VS0 of 26
hard HS9 of 26
HS12 of 26
easy HS3 of 26
hard S1 of 26
S0 of 26
easy S0 of 26
hard 4c0 of 24
4c1 of 24
easy 4c0 of 24
hard 4b2 of 24
4b18 of 24
easy 4b2 of 24
hard 4a1 of 24
4a0 of 24
easy 4a0 of 24
3 Stars1 of 21
2 Stars5 of 21
1 Star12 of 21
0 Stars3 of 21
Bag of .....0 of 21
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Style of ascent

Soloed35 of 254 (13.8%)
Lead123 of 254 (48.4%)
Followed69 of 254 (27.2%)
Toproped7 of 254 (2.8%)
Bouldered1 of 254 (0.4%)
Alt Leads2 of 254 (0.8%)
Unknown17 of 254 (6.7%)

'Climbed'89 of 254 (35.0%)
clean O/S137 of 254 (53.9%)
clean β4 of 254 (1.6%)
clean rpt15 of 254 (5.9%)
clean RP3 of 254 (1.2%)
dogged2 of 254 (0.8%)
dnf4 of 254 (1.6%)